The Bible: The Bible is the complete written Word of God, consisting of sixty-six books in the Old and New Testaments and was originally given by God through verbal/plenary inspiration in all parts and is therefore wholly without error (II Tim. 3:16-17, II Pet. 1:19-21).
The Trinity of God: The one true God exists eternally as three persons–the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mark 12:29-30, Matt. 28:19, II Cor. 13:14, Titus 3:4-7).
Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh by virgin birth. He lived a sinless life, died for the sins of all mankind (2 Cor. 5:19), was buried, and bodily arose from the dead. After, he ascended into heaven, and is coming again (John 1:1, 14:29; Matt. 1:18-23; Heb. 4:15; I Pet. 3:18; I Cor. 15:3-19).
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). At salvation, the Holy Spirit causes spiritual rebirth, empowers, indwells, seals, bestows gifts, and baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ (Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 2:12, 3:16, 12:11, 13). He sanctifies, guides and teaches through the written Word of God, and fills the believer who walks in obedience to the Word (Acts 5:3-4; John 3:5; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 6:11, 19; Rom. 8:14; John 14:16-17; Eph. 5:18-21).
Man: Man was supernaturally created in the image of God on the 6th 24-hour day of the creation week and is not a product of evolution. Adam sinned and was expelled from the garden and fellowship with God. All mankind is separated from God (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:7, 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23, 5:12; Eph. 2:3), and is in need of a Savior because of that separation.
Salvation: Eternal life is received as the gift of God by His grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (The true Jesus of Nazareth, who lived, died on the cross, was buried for three days and rose from the grave) as the only way to everlasting life. There are no good deeds or works involved. (Rom. 6:23, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, Eph. 2:8-9, John 14:6, I Pet. 1:18-21, John 3:16, John 6:47).
The Church: All believers in the local church are members of the Body of Christ with Christ as the Head. The local church is where we assemble to glorify God, for teaching, fellowship, prayer and equipping for ministry (I Cor. 1:2; Col. 1:18, 24, 3:11; Heb. 10:25; Eph. 4:11-18; Gal. 6:10).
1. Baptism (of believers) by immersion (as a profession of our faith; a symbol).
2. Communion service consisting of bread and cup; symbolizing Jesus Christ's sacrifice (Matt. 27:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:19-20, I Cor. 11:23-26).
Angels: God created all angels. Some followed the angel Satan the ruler of demons in his prideful rebellion against God and became demonic adversaries of God and His people. These angels are limited by God’s omnipotence and await final incarceration in the Lake of Fire. Other angels remained faithful to God and are God’s ministering spirits to His people. Humans do not become angels when they die. (Gen. 1:1; 6:1-4, Ex.10:11, Ps.33:6; Rev.12:3-4; Matt.12:23-27; Job 2:1-2; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41; Heb. 1:13- 14).
The Rapture of the Church and Second Coming of Jesus Christ: We teach the personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from the earth before The Day of the Lord (I Thess. 4:16-17; I Thess. 1:10, Rev. 3:10). After the Tribulation Jesus Christ will descend to establish his Millennial Kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 20:1-6).
Future Life: All believers shall live eternally with God in a “New Heaven and Earth.” Upon physical death, during this dispensation of grace, believers go immediately to be with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:1-3) as they await the resurrection of their earthly body at Christ’s coming. All unbelievers, upon physical death, go immediately to Hades and await the bodily resurrection at the Great White Throne Judgment. At that time, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 3:16, 5:24, 10:27-29; II Cor. 5:8; I Thess. 4:13-18; Jude 23-24; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).
The Christian Life: In addition to being the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:4), and His Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) Christians are to live a life of righteousness and good works, be separated unto God from worldliness, maintain a godly home, settle differences with believers in the church, avoid living in the flesh, exhibit the fruit and fullness of the Spirit, bring the Good News to people, pray without ceasing, and study the Bible (Phil. 4:6; I Thess. 5:17-18; Eph. 6:18; II Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17; Rom. 12:1-2; Eph. 2:8-10, 5:22, 6:4; I Cor. 6:1-8; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 5:18-20; I Pet. 4:10-11).
Note regarding marriage. We believe marriage was instituted by God as a holy union between only one man and one woman for life. We do not recognize so-called same sex marriage. Genesis 1:27; 2:18,22-23; Malachi 2:15-16; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9).
Note Regarding Spiritual Gifts: We teach as the church matured, the gifts decreased and eventually ceased. We do not teach the church today experiences these manifestations of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7). That holds true for the spiritual gift of pastor. We teach pastors are needed in the church today but are not a manifestation of the Spirit, or a special gift to the Church. Pastors are part of the body of Christ, like all members of the local church. This position is filled by a man who has the "desire" to study the Word of the God and is called by his local church to fill that role. In so doing, he takes on the role of bishop, or overseer of the local body (See 1 Timothy 3:1ff; Titus 1:7).
We teach tongues were a known language, spoken by those who did not know the language to those who did.
We teach tongues were a sign for the unbelieving Jews (1 Cor. 14:22), and that they have ceased (1 Cor. 13:8).
[Statement of faith updated 2020]